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Mairi MacRitchie is in the Highlands and islands meeting skilful home bakers who are experimenting with new flavours and innovative new recipes. They share with her something a little out of the ordinary, be it an unexpected combination of ingredients or a modern twist on an old classic. In this episode, Mairi tries cupcakes with a gin and tonic kick and samples an Italian Stromboli bread with a crisp crust and tasty filling of artichokes, olives and cheese. In her own kitchen in Uist, Mairi shows how easy it is to create something new with simple, fresh ingredients. She changes a traditional tarte tatin to a delicious savoury dish using red onions, and adds thyme to a moist lemon bundt cake to give it a special twist.
Mairi MacRitchie is in the Highlands and islands meeting skilful home bakers who know that classic recipes which work well every time will never go out of fashion. In this episode, Mairi tastes traditional Cornish pasties with crisp pastry and a tender meat and vegetable filling. The cooks show her that the simplest things are often the best, such as lemon posset, which uses only three ingredients but makes a delightfully refreshing after-dinner treat. Mairi bakes a Battenberg cake, with its colourful sponge squares wrapped in a thick layer of marzipan. She also shares her tips for a classic cherry cake to ensure the lightest of sponges and with evenly dispersed sweet glace cherries throughout.
Mairi MacRitchie is in the Highlands and islands meeting the country's most passionate cooks and home bakers. In this episode, Mairi samples a range of delicious desserts. She sees how presentation, as well as preparation, is key as she tastes a cappuccino panna cotta that can be made beforehand and served in dainty china teacups. She also tries an eve's pudding with pear and raspberry - the perfect winter warmer. Mairi also shares her recipe for lemon surprise pudding, which separates in the oven to a zingy custard and a light lemon sponge. And lastly, she has a fresh summer fruit tart with rich custard that will tempt everyone at the table.
Mairi MacRitchie is in the Highlands and islands from home bakers who have a passion for food. In this episode, she picks up some tips on the perfect biscuit recipes for dunking and traybakes to take on an afternoon picnic. Homemade classic Bourbon biscuits are simple to make with the help of a handy biscuit cutter, but they have twice the snap and crunch as well as a much more generous layer of chocolate buttercream. Mairi sees how rich chocolate brownies can be made as gooey as possible with the perfect cooking time and given texture with crunchy pistachio nuts. From her home in Uist Mairi bakes some afternoon tea treats such as French madeleines and Viennese whirls.
Mairi MacRitchie(Mairi MacRitchie)
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